Shelter Harbor Press (JANUARY) Softcover $16.95 (128pp) 978-1-62795-104-3
The Slave is a compact self-help book with exceptional accessibility and a profundity that encourages repeat reads.
The Slave by Anand Dílvar deftly combines a fictional narrative with inspiring philosophy and advice, resulting in a spiritual self-help book that delivers uplifting wisdom.
A man endures a horrible accident and, with the exception of his eyes, is completely paralyzed. He looks on as his loved ones express their hopes and despairs about his condition. Through discussion with his inner “guide,” he contemplates the meaning of life and an individual’s place in the world.
While there are religious elements, such as a kind nurse who is allegorically named Faith, the book’s ideology largely transcends such distinctions, and is accessible to people of all or no creeds. Its focus is on championing love and human connectivity. This may seem commonsensible, but it is presented in a freshly rational way.
The story and the characters who populate it are not dimensional, and a father’s violent abuse is alarmingly glossed over. Still, the fictional vehicle serves its purpose, anchoring what could be a dense topic in something tangible. This is more a parable than a novel, with its philosophy claiming center stage.
The Slave frankly spells out the meaning of life in the vein of The Alchemist. Expansive ideas, including individuality, superficiality, love, and the afterlife, are dealt with in a way that is simple yet persuasive.